The tropical country of Suriname is the smallest South American independent country, occupying a decidedly non-Latino sliver of land on the continent’s northeast corner. Best visited from February to April during its short dry season, Suriname has numerous highlights including Paramaribo, Colacreek, Brownsberg and Voltzberg nature parks and Wia Wia reserve.

Suriname enjoys tropical weather with two dry seasons, from August to October and February to April, the recommended times to visit. Tourists can enjoy swimming, shopping, nature tripping, sightseeing, and sailing while in the country. It is a relatively safe place with a low crime level.

Paramaribo, the country’s capital, offers some wonderful architectural buildings, Suriname Museum, the Presidential Palace, Independence Square, and Fort Zeelandia as its main attractions. Suriname handicrafts and souvenirs, including silver and gold jewellery, liquor and tobacco, ceramics, and batik cloths, can be found at Paramaribo’s market and waterfront districts.

Colacreek, south of Paramaribo, is less touristy and has great swimming. Brownsberg and Voltzberg nature parks offer river tours, lodges, and numerous species of wildlife and plant that can only be found here. Reservations can be made in Paramaribo. Wia Wia reserve is made up of mangrove swamps and is home to nesting leatherback turtles and flocks of birds. Sailing can be done in Jachthaven Ornamibo.

The best hotels are in Paramaribo. Book early to ensure you get a room. Pensions, guest houses and camping are available outside the capital at affordable rates.

Most of the roads are unpaved and particularly dangerous to drive on during the rainy season or at night. Boat travel is possible and some Suriname attractions are only accessible by boat. For short trips around the city, take a bus or a taxi. However, buses can be crowded, chaotic, and uncomfortable. Budget car rental is available in Paramaribo, where Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport is situated.